St Paul’s Church of England Primary School
Caring for all. Growing with God

Attendance

Good attendance and punctuality are essential to successful learning.  We have a good attendance record at St Paul’s.

We award 100% attendance certificates to pupils at the end of each term and at the end of the academic year.  We hold an annual attendance and punctuality week to reward classes with the highest attendance and punctuality.

We expect pupils to attend school every day throughout the school year.  On occasion children are ill and should not be in school.  We follow guidance from the Health Protection Agency to advise families on the necessary period of absence for some conditions.  GPs will also give advice to parents on periods of absence.  Our Welfare Officer can administer most common prescription medication, once a child’s symptoms have stabilized, enabling pupils to return to school.

If your child is ill, you should contact the school office on the morning of the first day of absence. You can do this by telephone or by using the report an absence section of this website.  You should inform the office on each day of the absence.  If contact is not made, the absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

Term dates are published in advance to support families in planning holidays, weddings and other significant events during the school holidays. All planned absences must be applied for through the request authorised leave section of this website.  The school has to follow statutory regulations as regards absence during term time.  Authorised leave is only granted in exceptional circumstances.  Leave for significant family events within term time, cheaper travel tickets or for cultural events in another country is not authorised.  We monitor attendance regularly throughout the year.  We also work with the Local Authority’s Education Welfare Officer to identify poor attendance.

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